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Best American Wines to Drink on Independence Day

Kick off your celebration with one of these bottles

Janice Williams By June 28, 2022
3 bottles of wine in July 4th themed collage.
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For some, it’s the shimmer of sparkling wine that makes it such an enticing drink. 

“There’s something about the texture, the look of bubbles when you fill a glass up with sparkling wine, that reminds me of fireworks,” says Nicole Muscari, the New York City-based wine influencer and educator behind Grape Chic

A sparkling Independence Day

Its association with festivity, of course, already puts sparkling wine front and center at Independence Day celebrations. But even better, the crisp acidity of many sparkling wines offers the perfect antidote to the summer heat.

“It’s always really warm by the time the Fourth of July arrives. And if it’s a sunny day, you want something refreshing that will also be easy to pair with any kind of food, barbecue, or enjoyable solo. What’s better for that than sparkling wine?” Says Muscari. 

And there’s plenty of home-grown options available, because the United States produces about 162 million bottles of sparkling wine annually. 

“You can find excellent sparkling wine from more than just Napa,” says Muscari. “Producers from all over the country are making it. I really like drinking sparkling from the Finger Lakes. Winemakers there are doing some really amazing things with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir-based bubbly, as well as sparkling wines made from Riesling.”

Red, white, and fresh

While American sparkling wine can take a firework-viewing party to the next level, there’s also  space for white and red wines at the Independence Day barbecue, too. 

The key is to look for easy-to-drink lighter wines that offer freshness and higher acidity.

“Riesling is always a great choice for the summer. It’s a refreshing wine with a lot of fruit character that can work well with many different foods served at Fourth of July parties,” says Muscari.

For crisp and lean white styles, try Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño, Soave, or Pinot Grigio. For something more textural and silky, with ripe fruit, pick up bottles of Chardonnay or Etna Bianco. For those who revel in aromatics, Grüner Veltliner or Gewürztraminer make excellent choices. 

The same rules apply to the reds — keep it light, bright, and fresh: Gamay, Blaufränkisch, and Cabernet Franc from cooler climate regions. 

“Pinot Noir is a good red wine variety for Fourth of July because it has fewer tannins, so it’s lighter on the palate. But it still has the acidity and structure to pair well with barbecue,” says Muscari.

When in doubt, choose rosé, particularly bottles made in a Provençal style that are light and alive with fresh minerality.

Shop American

When planning wines for the Fourth of July, shop American — meaning, seek out wines grown and made in the U.S.

Although California accounts for 81% of all U.S. wine, other regions are worth exploring. Washington, the second-biggest wine-producing state, has a bounty to choose from, with 80 different grape varieties grown in the state. Oregon has long been heralded as a leading state for superior Pinot Noir. And both states can produce quality wines at reasonable prices. 

“People don’t always think of New York state as a leading producer in wine, but in fact, it’s the third-largest wine producer,” says Muscari. “The Finger Lakes is starting to get a little more recognition, but there are some hidden gems worth discovering in the Hudson Valley and Long Island, too.”

With wine produced in all 50 states, the options for having an American-made wine on Independence Day are limitless. 

American sparkling wines to try:

bottle of Gruet Winery New Mexico Brut Rosé

Gruet Winery New Mexico Brut Rosé (~$17)

Gruet has produced sparkling wines in the southwestern state of New Mexico since 1987. Made with Pinot Noir grapes, this bubbly is nearly garnet in color. The wine is bright and lively, with fresh floral aromas alongside strawberry, raspberry, and cherry fragrances. The palate is dry and fruit-forward with crisp acidity and persistent bubbles.

bottle of Gloria Ferrer Carneros Blanc de Blancs

Gloria Ferrer Carneros Blanc de Blancs (~$21)

Established in 1984, Gloria Ferrer was the first producer dedicated to sparkling wine in California’s Carneros AVA, extending to parts of Napa Valley and Sonoma County. The winery’s Blanc de Blanc, made with Chardonnay grapes, is a favorite of wine drinkers and critics alike. It received 90-point scores from both Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast for its intense floral and fruit aromas, polished palate, and well-balanced finish.

bottle of Sokol Blosser Bluebird Willamette Valley Cuvée Sparkling

Sokol Blosser Bluebird Willamette Valley Cuvée Sparkling (~$29)

This wine is produced in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley by the Sokol Blosser family, who first planted vines in the area in 1971. Made with a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Müller-Thurgau, and Muscat, this sparkling is dry, crisp, and full of floral, citrus, and tropical fruit character. Intense with white flower and brioche aromas, the palate is complex with lemon, lime zest, and coconut flavors that intertwine with hints of spiced vanilla. The finish lingers with grapefruit nuances.

American rosé wines to try:

bottle of Ferrari-Carano Sonoma County Dry Sangiovese Rosé

Ferrari-Carano Sonoma County Dry Sangiovese Rosé (~$16)

Ferrari-Carano has been a family-owned and operated business in Sonoma County since 1985. This dry rosé is made with a blend of Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Black Muscat, Syrah, and Zinfandel sourced across Ferrari-Carano’s vineyards in the Anderson Valley subregion. Deliciously fragrant, the wine smells of strawberry and cream, while the palate is layered with peach, watermelon, and orange flavors. The finish is long and bright with cleansing acidity.

bottle of Samuel Robert Winery Vintner's Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Rosé

Samuel Robert Winery Vintner's Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Rosé (~$16)

Winemaker Samuel Coelho and his wife Bryn launched their winery in the Willamette Valley in 2011 and have been dedicated to producing high quality Pinot Noir ever since. This blush pink rosé, made with the winery’s No. 1 grape, is rich with strawberry and plum aromas. The palate is bright and fruity, with a touch of sweetness in the finish.

bottle of Early Mountain Virginia Rosé

Early Mountain Virginia Rosé ($26)

This wine is made in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, where Early Mountain first set up shop in 2011. A blend of Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Syrah are used to create a fresh and energetic rosé that’s balanced with red berry and peach flavors, and clean acidity.

American white wines to try:

bottle of Gundlach-Bundschu Estate Vineyard Sonoma County Gewürztraminer

Gundlach-Bundschu Estate Vineyard Sonoma County Gewürztraminer (~$21)

Six generations of the Bundschu family have worked the vineyards of Sonoma where the fruit for this wine is grown. Though some Gewürztraminers can lean on the sweet side, this one is completely dry. Intense with lychee and white flower aromas, this wine displays a clean, brisk palate full of citrus character and minerality. 

bottle of Browne Family Vineyards Columbia Valley Chardonnay

Browne Family Vineyards Columbia Valley Chardonnay (~$23)

Browne Family Vineyards produces this wine in Washington’s Columbia Valley region. Though Chardonnay is the main variety, there’s a splash of Viognier as well. The result is a fragrant medium-bodied wine that displays buttery aromas and hints of toasted oak. The palate is silky with pear and lemon flavors, with notes of vanilla, oak, and apple.

bottle of Aperture Cellars Clarksburg Barrel-Fermented Chenin Blanc

Aperture Cellars Clarksburg Barrel-Fermented Chenin Blanc (~$29)

Jesse Katz was the first winemaker to be included on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list, thanks to his achievements within the California wine community. Katz continues to wow critics with bottles under his own label, Aperture Cellars, including this Chenin Blanc, which has received 90-plus point scores from reviewers at Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast. The grapes for this wine come from vines planted in the Clarksburg AVA in the 1940s. It displays intense aromas and flavors of honey and almond framed by fresh acidity that tingles on the palate.

American red wines to try:

bottle of Kenwood Vineyards Six Ridges Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Kenwood Vineyards Six Ridges Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (~$21)

Kenwood Vineyards has made wines in Sonoma County since the 1970s. This wine is made with Pinot Noir grapes and displays ripe fruit aromas of strawberry, cherry, and rhubarb along with hints of spice and cola. Soft tannins give the wine a velvety rich mouthfeel while the finish is elegant and long.

bottle of Red Newt Cellars Finger Lakes Cabernet Franc

Red Newt Cellars Finger Lakes Cabernet Franc (~$21)

This wine hails from New York’s Finger Lakes wine region and is made by Red Newt Cellars, which has been in the area since 1998. The winery’s Cabernet Franc is a bright, fruit-forward red wine with intense cherry and violet aromas complemented with a mineral rich palate. Chewy tannins and crisp acidity lead to a mouthwatering finish.

bottle of Double Canyon Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon

Double Canyon Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon (~$25)

Double Canyon has made wines in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills AVA since 2007. Though this wine is made mostly with Cabernet Sauvignon, with a bit of Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Syrah also included. The final wine is refined and medium-bodied, with complex blackberry and baking spice aromas and flavors, supported by supple tannins. The finish is long with juicy acidity.